Take Ten with Kathy Bloodworth
Kathy Bloodworth took a circuitous path to become an interior designer. The Louisiana native spent her formative years in the French Quarter and studied fine arts and photography at the University of Georgia. After moving to the San Francisco Bay Area, she pursued a career in advertising. With a photographer's eye, she was fascinated by how light and shadow played in rooms. Wanting to craft interiors, she returned to school receiving her BFA in the discipline from the Academy of Art University.
Bloodworth went on to manage both residential and commercial projects for the next eighteen years joining the prestigious firm of Kendall Wilkinson Design in 2013. Along with employment by other interior designers, she owned her own business. Her advanced skills in management, marketing, and business development led to her promotion at KWD as Chief Design Officer.
Bloodworth works on an array of large, high-end residences. Favoring a transitional style she anchors a room with art, antiques, and modern sculptural pieces giving the space soul. When the designer is not creating beautiful interiors, Bloodworth seeks out the great outdoors and exotic travels. An avid backpacker she climbed Mount Whitney, and her wanderlust led her to explore Greece, Cuba, and Bali photographing what she sees along the way.
What attracted you to Kendall Wilkinson Design?
The elegance of the work; the combining of classic elements with a sense of history, and on-trend items.
How would you describe your interior design style?
Classic with an edge, which is the same way I like to dress. I think design should be timeless, adaptable.
What is one item you could never live without?
My hiking shoes.
What are your top 3 favorite restaurants in San Francisco?
Presidio Social Club (great cocktails and atmosphere), Spruce (good food and sexy ambiance) and Dosa for Indian food.
When a client steps into a Kendall Wilkinson Design space, how do you want them to feel?
Happy, relaxed, and able to say, I’m home!
What are your thoughts on the future of design?
The industry has evolved so much. There is limitless product available online and through retail sources, and there is an instant gratification element to it that has really changed the way people relate to design and the process in general. The upside is that more people have access to interesting and affordable things. But I think in the future, we’re going to have to work harder to educate clients about the hows and whys of what we do, and also about quality. There is an art and craft to interior design and the downside that concerns me is that the integrity and beauty of it is becoming lost in the world of “get it to me faster and cheaper.”
Who do you admire and why?
My maternal grandmother. She was not educated but she had a curious mind, read everything and she could always find some point of connection to talk with anyone she met. She was the oldest of 13 kids. She had a great spirit. And she made a mean gumbo!
Describe yourself in 1 word.
What is one thing on your bucket list?
Hiking the Swiss Alps…in the summer.
What is your favorite hobby?
I actually have two; photography and hiking. I indulge both whenever I can.